UPDATED: New Politburo members, chair named

Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri speaks to delegates at the extraordinary congress today. Picture by Wilson Kakurira

Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri speaks to delegates at the extraordinary congress today. Picture by Wilson Kakurira

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter—
President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday appointed new members of the Politburo, with Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri assuming the position of the party’s national chairperson. Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri was secretary for Transport and has been replaced by Cde July Moyo. Closing the Zanu-PF Extraordinary Congress in Harare yesterday, Zanu-PF First Secretary and President Cde Mnangagwa said he would fill the remaining vacant Politburo posts in the next few days.

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The vacant positions include the position of party Second Secretaries and Vice Presidents. Cde Obert Mpofu, who was the Finance Secretary, was elevated to the position of Secretary for Administration — a position that was held by Dr Ignatius Chombo — who was expelled from the ruling party. The finance portfolio left by Cde Mpofu was filled by Cde Patrick Chinamasa, who was the Legal Affairs secretary.

President Mnangagwa appointed Major-General Engelbert Rugeje as Zanu-PF national commissar, while Cde Omega Hungwe, who was the deputy national commissar, retained her post. Cde Paul Mangwana, was appointed secretary for Legal Affairs, while Ambassador Chris Mutsvangwa was elevated to the position of secretary for Science and Technology. Cde Mutsvangwa’s new post fell vacant following the expulsion of Professor Jonathan Moyo, who is now a fugitive from justice.

President Mnangagwa joked that Cde Mutsvangwa was taking over from his (Cde Mutsvangwa’s) “friend’’. Cde Mutsvangwa and Prof Moyo did not see eye-to-eye. Prof Moyo worked for the destruction of Zanu-PF from within, while Cde Mutsvangwa viciously defended the revolution. Cde Victor Matemadanda is the new secretary for War Veterans, Detainees and Restrictees, taking over from Cde Sydney Sekeramayi, while Cde Pupurai Togarepi has been reinstated as secretary for Youth Affairs.

Cde Togarepi took over from Mr Kudzanai Chipanga, who was expelled from Zanu-PF for his close links with the G40 cabal. Cde Mabel Chinomona was appointed secretary for Women’s Affairs, a position that fell vacant following the expulsion of former First Lady Grace Mugabe, who was at the helm of the women’s wing since the last Congress in 2014.

President Mnangagwa retained Cde Joshua Malinga as the Secretary for the Welfare of the Disabled and the Disadvantaged, while Cde Munyaradzi Machacha was appointed principal of the Chitepo Ideological College and will sit in the Politburo. Cde Lovemore Matuke was appointed the new Secretary for national security, taking over from his former boss Cde Kembo Mohadi.

Air Marshal Perrance Shiri and Major General Subusiso B. Moyo were elevated into the Politburo as Committee members. President Mnangagwa retained Cdes Jorum Gumbo as Secretary for Education. Cdes Cleveria Chizema and Josiah Hungwe were also retained in the Politburo. Cdes Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and Simon Khaya Moyo kept their positions as Secretary for External Affairs and Secretary for Information and Publicity, respectively.

There were no changes as well on Cdes Sithembiso Nyoni and Mike Bimha who remained as the Secretary for Business Development and Liaison and Economic Affairs, respectively. Cde Cain Mathema also retained his position as Secretary for Land and Resettlement, while Cde Prisca Mupfumira remained as the Secretary for Environment and is deputised by Cde Auxilia Mnangagwa.

Before announcing the Politburo appointments, President Mnangagwa said: “Let us be mindful that Zanu-PF is not the party of its leader, but the party of its members, a party for us all. As your President and First Secretary, I am the first among equals, but equals we are.

“Each individual cadre is essential and each individual cadre will help shape our destiny. We are bound and interwoven inextricably by the threads of our party constitution, by individual and collective duties therein stated. Let us vow from today, to uphold, respect and defend our party constitution for it binds us, unites us and defines us. Let us protect it at all costs.

“As we part ways, I want to assure you that the party and Government will continue with serious introspection as we chart a better course for us all, for now and posterity. I stated in my inauguration speech to the State Presidency and as reflected in the 2018 National Budget Statement, the task at hand is that of rebuilding our great country. Government will leave no stone unturned to fully exploit the country’s rich resource base for the benefit of all people, and to improve the livelihoods of all who consider Zimbabwe home.”

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  • TAKURIAN

    I thought Women’s League, Youth League and War Veterans League leadership positions are all elected. What is going on here? Same old same old tactics?

    • sarah Mahoka

      stop criticising for the sake of it. the congress was not an elective congress s so how do people get elected?

      • TAKURIAN

        Then those who were elected at last congress should have served their full terms until the next elective congress. The situation is different to ED who was endorsed by the central committee to replace Bob who had been recalled. Same rules should have been applied.

  • Tambai Chinemavende

    Fellow countrymen (and women) what more do you need to know where … this, this, ehhh, this military intervention, this military siege, this lacoste cabal … is going? The story outlining the recent appointments and recycling within the ruling party does not only show that the more ED tries to be different from his senile predecessor, the more he looks like him but also shows us that his tenure is going to be worse than that of RGM.
    Yes bring them in! Now for the big one! The presidium! I saw from the pictures that someone is already getting used and comfortable in executive suits and ties. No more military fatigues as he awaits the inevitable ascendancy and the prefixal addition of [Rtd] to his name.
    And to you Mabel, I see in that picture you are already wearing chirokwe chakanzi Viva Zimbabwe! Ndiko kuti kudii ikoko? Uri kuda kufadza aniko? Uri kuda kutanga zvaGrace futi? I hope you take heed and learn from past mistakes and declare that there will be no more immortalising of other people’s husbands through having their pictures on your chests, heads, crotches and elsewhere! Please spare and serve our poor women from those horrendously emblazoned and atrocious pieces of cloth they adorn as uniforms. Hehehehe! Vakomanaka, kwatiri kuenda ma1!

    • Mentalist

      Nothing can be done, the constitution requires the president to appoint MPs & there is no way he can appoint MDC MPs logically speaking.

  • lovejoy

    the funny thing is that the central committee can kick out someone but the president appoints, why doesn’t the central committee do both

  • SlackJawedYokel

    Auxillia in the politburo. And kunyara to appoint the generals in vice positions… kushaya kuti totangira payi?

    • Lyla

      I don’t care who rules as long as they do the job of rebuilding ZIMBABWE a good one clean up corruption is the priority

      • SlackJawedYokel

        But you can’t expect that from people who have proven for 37 years that they are the most corrupt. There are lots of sharp younger minds in Zanu who are much more credible

  • Mimi

    Mabel Chinomonas attire is surely offside, pasi nazvo whatever it means

  • tb

    here from mashonaland tikuzviona hedu i guess they want to test something

  • Mhofu Chaiyo

    I think most critics here are missing the bigger picture – Mugabe killed democracy together with the economy. Now we want to prioritise democracy at the expense of the economy!? We cant march on streets when we are hungry, we will be blown off by the wind! Let’s give ED a chance to fix the economy with whatever resource he has, and if he fails, we will deal with him!